Title: The Silver Chain
Author: Primula Bond
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Imprint: Mischief / Avon
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series: The Unbreakable Trilogy # 1
Best Read in Order: yes
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About the Book:
Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.
One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…
Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.
To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.
As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?
I was intrigued by the title and the premise of this book, and while I found it similar to FSOG in only the most general sense (older millionaire male, younger struggling female) this book was far more interesting for me. Primula Bond has a facility with the English language and descriptions that are as lushly detailed as they are beautifully crafted. This does lead to occasions of overload where the story seems to divert from the plot moving forward, and while many of these passages served to provide some interesting background information on the characters, it did break the flow of the reading.
We first meet Serena as she is running from something: it isn’t until further in we realize that she is running from a life that to this point has been abusive and dream crushing, and only running away will let her follow her dream of being a photographer. She has a fairly lonely existence, with horrible parental figures and not much support or belief in her: so the interest in Gustav is understandable.
Gustav is far older than Serena, well placed in his gallery and quite successful his last relationship sounded the death knell on his ability to trust in a relationship. While I had moments of thinking his behavior excessive, when the saga of the dissolution of his last relationship is shared, his reactions became more understandable, if not any more attractive.
There were moments that were far more fantasy than workable reality for me: the Silver Chain for a start. While a description of a small silver chain bracelet that Gustav bestows on Serena to remind her of him, it also becomes a harness of sorts; linked from the bracelet then to himself signifying their togetherness and connection is a romantic idea, if immature. More troubling is the bracelet being used as a shackle, she can move freely within the house, but it will not allow her out the door: can you say tangled mess? There is a sense of the Dom within Gustav, but not in the more traditional sense, he isn’t looking for submission as much as it feels he is seeking control, allaying his own insecurities. The scenes are far more erotic and less BSM flavored than I expected, which wasn’t a bad thing: it kept the story feeling more authentic to the characters as I was coming to know them.
For something totally different with eloquent prose that is rare in the genre, Primula Bond has created a story that starts the series beautifully, and with an interesting twist at the end makes me anxious to read the next in the series.
I received an eGalley from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Oxford educated mother of three boys masquerading as respectable pillar of society but harbouring secret ambition to be considered a MILF. Writer of freelance features on single motherhood, older parenthood, MS and erotica. Published erotica author of ‘Country Pleasures’ ‘Club Creme’ and ‘Behind the Curtain’ for Black Lace; ‘Random Acts of Lust’ and ‘Out of Focus’ for Xcite Books’; and ‘Sisters in Sin’ for Mischief. First part of trilogy ‘The Silver Chain’ out in August 2013 for Mischief/Avon.